Favorite Educational Apps for 2 Year Olds

Favorite Educational Apps for 2 Year Olds

Although I hate to admit my daughter’s pension for technology, I can’t help but acknowledge the role iPhone and iPad applications are having in her development.  Ten years ago I never would have guessed that a handheld device would be teaching my toddler her colors and rare dinosaur names!

Over the last few months I’ve been making note between the games she plays and the new skills she acquires and it seems that a number of her verbal and cognitive skills have boomed since playing a handful of games. Today, I’m excited to share the ones we have fallen in love with.
2 year old apps
Little Writer – This app teaches little ones to trace numbers, letters, words and shapes and the audio verbally affirms each one so the child is both seeing, touching and hearing the specific number, letter, word or shape.

Memory King – This game has made my daughter the queen of the memory game. Playing it on the iPad has also transferred to the real version we often play on the carpet. She dominates!

Animal Puzzle for Toddlers, Kids and Adults – So many skills go into puzzle completion … spatial awareness, connecting colors and creating a large picture from seemingly separate fragments. The cute animals in this app attract my daughter’s attention and she can’t get enough of the “manimal puzzie”.

Touch the Sounds – Such a simple idea that reinforces a new concept … the connection between sight and sound. In this app you hear a sound and four pictures appear so you can tap the correct source. More than once, we have been out and about and my daughter has identified a sound I wasn’t aware she knew. Thanks Touch and Learn Sounds!

Find Them All: Dinosaurs World – Around Christmas my daughter became fascinated with dinosaurs. To encourage her new found love, we downloaded this app and have enjoyed our time learning the names and faces of a variety of dinosaurs. I’ve even learned quite a bit!

So, tell me, am I the only one loving the rectangle teacher that is the iPhone and iPad? What are your toddler or preschoolers favorite apps?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).


  1. Can’t wait to try your suggestions! I have tried sooooooo many educational apps! Here are some of the apps my younger kiddos go back to more than others:

    My (almost) 2 yr old can do puzzles because of the Tozzle (nodeflexion) app. He also knows animals and sounds from the Peekaboo (night & Day Studios, Inc) apps.

    My 4 yr knew his letters/shapes/colors when he was 2 because of the Monkey (Thup Games) and Scout (Leapfrog) apps.

    If you are interested in kiddos learning a different language, try First Words (Learning Touch) and Game Factory (Bacciz). We are military overseas, and move to different countries, so I’m always on the lookout for good language apps.

  2. My two year old loves the iPad Agnitus app. It’s educational games, they have a curriculum and send out report cards on her progress…. It’s awesome!


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